Project Overview

Project Name: Improving Digital Citizenship and Online Safety in Social Media

Teacher(s): Michael Karlin

Subjects/Grade Level: 7th & 8th Grade Technology Class
   -Topics from English, Math, and Health class will also be incorporated

Project Idea: By the end of this project, students will have created a blog or website complete with research on, and ideas for improving digital citizenship and online safety in social media.  Students will conduct research, create surveys, analyze case-studies, give presentations, and collaborate with local and global peers.  For their culminating assessment, using the information and resources from the sites they created, students will design a school-wide plan to help improve digital citizenship and online safety.  The plan will be presented to the principal, school director, and school board and, once approved, will be put into action across the campus.  

Duration: 20 45-minute class periods. (4 Weeks)

ISTE NETS-S Standards to be Addressed:
  • 1.a: Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
  • 1.d: Identify trends and forecast possibilities.
  • 2.a: Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
  • 2.b: Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
  • 2.d: Contribute to project teams to produce originals works or solve problems
  • 3.a: Plan strategies to guide inquiry
  • 3.b: Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  • 3.c: Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  • 3.d: Process data and report results
  • 4.b: Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  • 4.c: Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  • 5.a: Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
  • 5.b: Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  • 5.d: Exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
  • 6.a: Understand and use technology systems.
  • 6.b: Select and use applications effectively and productively.

Common Core Technology-Related Standards to be Addressed:
  • SL 6.5: Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.
  • SL 7.5: Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.
  • SL 8.5: Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
  • W 6.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
  • W 6.8:Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.
  • W 7.6: Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
  • W 7.7: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions for further research and investigation.
  • W 8.6:Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Driving Question:  In regards to social media, how can we improve digital citizenship and online safety both locally and globally?

Sub-Questions:
  1. What is digital citizenship?
  2. What types of social media do students most commonly use?
  3. What are ways students can stay safe online?
  4. What is cyberbullying and how can it be prevented?
  5. What are ways that you can help promote digital citizenship throughout the school?
  6. What are the current beliefs of your peers (local and global) about digital citizenship and online safety?
  7. What online habbits lead to poor digital citizenship and online safety?
  8. How do schools across the globe address the ideas of digital citizenship and online safety?
  9. What are specific strategies for facebook, twitter, instagram, and tumblr that can help students become better digital citizens?
  10. What are the best ways to respond when people are not being good digital citizens?

21st Century Skills:
  • Information Media Literacy
  • Technological Literacy
  • Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving
  • Creative Thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership 
  • Social
  • Self-monitoring and Self-directing
  • Project Management
  • Ethics & Civic Responsibility

Entry Event:

First, students will watch this video - 

YouTube Video



Next, the instructor will lead a discussion over the following questions:

1) How many of you use some type of social media, like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, every day?
2) When you're using social media, what do you normally do?  Chat with friends?  Share videos?  What sorts of activities do you engage in?
3) So, thinking about those interactions, and the video we just watched, what is digital citizenship?  What does it mean to be a good digital citizen?
4) Where does Cyber Bullying fit into those ideas on digital citizenship?  And what exactly is Cyber Bullying?
5) What about online safety?  What are things you've learned from your parents and other teachers about being safe online?
6) And how does that connect to digital citizenship?
7) Can you think of any examples from your own experiences where you weren't being safe online?  Or when you weren't being a good digital citizen?
     (The teacher could preface this question with a few examples from his/her own experience to help get the students thinking)
8) Are there any specific things our school does to help kids safe online and to help them become good digital citizens?
Driving Question: In regards to social media, how can we improve digital citizenship and online safety both locally and globally?
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